Around the middle of the 19th century, mathematics was undergoing a revolution. Certain Classical notions were being overturned and in their place, something altogether stranger was beginning to appear. Where previously it had been based around observations in reality, maths was now becoming its own language which it was hoped could describe and even anticipate … Continue reading Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast – The Physics of Alice in Wonderland
In the modern world, everything we know is built on a foundation of numbers and their relationships. It's hard to imagine a time when that was a radical idea, but such a time existed. In fact, 2500 years ago, the Pythagoreans (named after their founder) were a mystic cult based on this very premise. It's difficult … Continue reading The Shape of Things to Come – Geometry as a Path Through the Universe (and Other Puns)
In Science (and elsewhere) there can be so much to learn that we may often forget things, miss them entirely as we go along (just a few months ago I googled, ‘what even is fire?’, I kid you not) and face difficult problems that can seem insurmountable at first, so it helps to make our … Continue reading So You Want to Learn Science? Pt 2 – The Brain, a Beginner’s Manual.
What factors determine success? What can science tell us about the best ways to learn? Over the past few months I’ve been doing a little research in this area. In this post, I’ll be discussing how to get into the right frame of mind to learn anything, dispelling a few myths about what it takes … Continue reading So You Want to Learn Science? Pt 1 – Getting in the Right Frame of Mind